Plunket is changing its car seat service and moving away from rentals and sales to focus on the prevention of unintentional injuries more broadly. As part of the changes, Plunket plans to do more to prevent children from being injured in and around the home, where most accidents occur. The charity’s car seat service, which has helped many thousands of Kiwi families keep their children safe when travelling in cars, will continue to focus on education and advocacy as part of the broader strategy for preventing unintentional injuries.
Evenflo, manufacturer of child restraints has issued a voluntary recall notice for selected models of car seats and booster seats. This recall relates to seats with a crotch buckle that may become resistant to unlatching (undoing) over time due to exposure to various items such as food and drinks. Difficulty in releasing the buckle in an emergency situation where prompt exit from the vehicle was necessary could increase the risk of injury.
After reading of the plight of the Olivier family, whose car was trashed by vandals last Sunday, Canterbury Plunket Car Seat Services has offered to assist the family by providing a free car seat through its donation car seat scheme sponsored by Paul Kelly Motor Co. http://www. stuff.
Plunket Car Seat Services in Waikato are being centralised to Hamilton which will mean the closure of some smaller local services. Plunket apologise for any inconvenience caused. Services to close:Te Aroha Car Seat ServiceClosing Friday 8 November
Thames Car Seat ServiceClosing Wednesday 13 November
Paeroa and Waihi Car Seat ServiceClosing 11 November
Morrinsville Car Seat ServiceClosing 15 November
All enquiries to be directed to:Hamilton Plunket Car Seat Service12 Richmond StreetHamilton07 839 2123
Monday to Thursday 8.
The Plunket Rooms in Campbell St have closed this week until a detailed engineering evaluation can confirm whether the building is earthquake safe. Wanganui Plunket Area Manager Jo Malcolm-Black says that since the Christchurch earthquake, building safety has been a priority for organisations across the country. “The safety of our staff and clients is a top priority for Plunket and we have commissioned an engineering report for the Campbell St rooms to help us to determine whether this is an appropriate site.